Ok, so I figured that perhaps not everyone is aware that this is available to use now, especially the younger folk out there.
This is OraQuick, and it is an FDA-Approved, in-home HIV test that provides results in about 20 minutes. I’m not sure about the availabilty of this product (or similar ones) in other countries, but in the U.S. you can purchase these at Walgreens for a mere 35 bucks, and you can even have them delivered to your door for complete anonymity.
Reading the results is easy. One line you are negative, two lines you are positive.
Why is this important? Well I know for a fact that a lot of guys say they are HIV negative without really getting tested, or they base that on some really old test result. There is no excuse now. You can get this in the mail if you want, and know for sure in the comfort and privacy of your own home. Its good peace of mind. And if you meet someone new and you are planning on playing around, its an easy and cheap thing to do to know where you guys stand. It builds trust right off the bat. Being safe is not just about wearing a condom. Its a combination of many things like trust, knowing the person, closeness, and being a good judge of character. Now on top of that you can keep up with your HIV status on a regular basis. :)
This is important for people to know, I never knew it existed
This is how my boyfriend and I tested before we started bareback in together after being with each other for 3 months. It’s super easy.
I know that it’s scary, believe me, I don’t practice risky behaviors and my anxiety was through the roof. It’s so important though you guys.
They even give you a non-descript bag to dispose of everything in.
I’m glad this is going around. :) Spread the word.
It’s also important to note that this is an oral swab test, so there’s no need to fear if you’re scared of needles! Know your status. Stay safe.
Reblogging because every single person who has ever had sex or is planning to have sex needs to be aware of their sexual health.
It is really important for people to know their HIV status, not just those in the LGBT community.
- If you can’t afford the $35 for this easy to use home test, there are clinics in your area that will provide the test anonymously and for free.
My life started changing, not for the better, but for the fantastic. We are still in love and shit.
— Paul Williams (via albinwonderland)
I did things in my 30s that were ignored by the world, that could have been quickly labeled a failure. Here’s a classic example; in 1974 I did a movie called Phantom of the Paradise. Phantom of the Paradise, which was a huge flop in this country. There were only two cities in the world where it had any real success: Winnipeg, in Canada, and Paris, France. So, okay, let’s write it off as a failure. Maybe you could do that.
But all of the sudden, I’m in Mexico, and a 16-year-old boy comes up to me at a concert with an album - a Phantom of the Paradise soundtrack- and asks me to sign it. I sign it. Evidently I was nice to him and we had a nice little conversation. I don’t remember the moment, I remember signing the album (I don’t know if I think I remember or if I actually remember). But this little 14 or 16, whatever old this guy was… Well I know who the guy is now because I’m writing a musical based on Pan’s Labyrinth; it’s Guillermo del Toro.
The work that I’ve done with Daft Punk it’s totally related to them seeing Phantom of the Paradise 20 times and deciding they’re going to reach out to this 70-year-old songwriter to get involved in an album called Random Access Memories.
So, what is the lesson in that? The lesson for me is being very careful about what you label a failure in your life. Be careful about throwing something in the round file as garbage because you may find that it’s the headwaters of a relationship that you can’t even imagine it’s coming in your future.
He was a massive asshole, but he turned a small public radio affiliate into a considerable news presence. He was the news and programming director for about twelve years, until he was fired, or asked to resign, or whatever.
Considering how disliked he was on a personal level by so many people, but, taking into account how he turned the station around, he must have done something really heinous to get canned. Or maybe the station manager was just tired of the assholery.
I don’t know. Said dead guy fired me ten years ago, so you might think I have the sourest of grapes, but I didn’t much care for him before he gave me the heave-ho. He said some pretty lecherous things about some of the interns to me one evening.
Also, in what was apparently the first staff meeting he ever lead, he told us we were doing a great job….while sounding completely pissed off about it. The other thing about that meeting I remember was he was telling us about the Ricky Gervais version of “The Office” and he loved it because the boss was such a complete buffoon and his employees hated him.
The room got so quiet. Everyone was thinking the same thing; including him.
Anyway, he’s gone. I didn’t like him, but I’m grateful I got to meet him. To me, he will always be a reminder of how not to comport yourself around people—all of us should be kind.
I’m aware I’m being a bit hypocritical by not being kind in talking about the deceased this way, but, I had to say it.
He wasn’t Hitler, but he was still a fucking asshole who treated me, and others, like shit. His legacy is creating a news organization out of nothing, but being awful along the way.
I hope he found some kind of peace before he left, but, I doubt it.
She told me she is going to bequeath them to her daughter, so she can know and understand her mother was truly loved.
Well, I hope my girlfriend is with us for a long time and I am doing everything I can to show her daughter what a Good Guy is.